New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has pursued countless cuts to essential programs, waged an ideological war on state employees and teachers, pushed tax cuts for the rich over the middle class, and advocated for costly and fiscally unsustainable privatization schemes. Even in light of overwhelming public opposition to privatization and the significant pitfalls associated with these types of schemes, the Governor established a privatization task force by executive order earlier this year.
The panel, primarily composed of lobbyists and business interests, issued a report recommending  that the state privatize programs across the board, including toll booth collections, preschools, state parks, prison food services, bus routes, and car emission inspections. However, the report's conclusions unabashedly promote conservative ideological desires in place of rigorous research or recognition of New Jersey's troubled history  with privatization.
As Rutgers University Professors Jeffrey Keefe and Janice Fine emphasize in a recent publication, In the Public Interest? Safeguarding New Jersey’s Public Investments: A Response to the New Jersey Privatization Task Force Report , which analyzes the Christie administration's privatization task force report:
Despite mounting opposition, the administration has moved forward with these efforts. As Stateline.org points out , New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) from contractors to assume operation of some of the state’s land-use permitting process. Critics have expressed outrage, citing  that the "DEP appeared ready to let a private sector company decide when developers can build near wetlands or other lands protected by state law — something that has never been tried in any state." As Progressive States Network has noted in the past , privatization efforts often reflect a desire for a short-term infusion of capital and result in lost accountability, policy driven by profit rather than public interest, potential conflicts of interests, and higher future costs and fees for state residents.
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Rutgers University - In the Public Interest? Safeguarding New Jersey’s Public Investments: A Response to the New Jersey Privatization Task Force Report 
Stateline.org - A hidden side to New Jersey's privatization push 
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